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Harvard University, MBA
University of Kansas, BA

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Member, Board of Directors
CEO and Chairman of the Board

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SVP, Communications & Communities
President, Applications and Commerce
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West Coast lead
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Brad Garlinghouse

Brad Garlinghouse joined Hightail in May 2012, and manages the company’s core operations, business growth strategy and key partnerships.

Brad believes that a truly successful company begins with its employees and the culture they build together as a team. Brad is focused on creating a winning culture at Hightail by constantly challenging the way people think and how they approach their day-to-day roles at the company.

Prior to coming to Hightail, Brad was President of Consumer Applications and head of AOL’s Silicon Valley operations, where he led the company’s efforts to expand the global reach of its communications products like, AOL Mail and AIM as well as reinvigorate the company’s mobile and social strategy. In addition, Brad was the West Coast lead for AOL Ventures, the company’s venture capital arm.

Previously, Brad was a Senior Advisor at Silver Lake, serving as an in-house counselor on a variety of potential acquisitions. Before that, Brad spent nearly six years at Yahoo!, serving as SVP of Communications and Communities. During his tenure, he also oversaw Front Doors, which included the Yahoo! home page. Under his leadership, Yahoo! Mail went from being ranked No. 3 to leading all competitors by a wide margin and the company’s messaging service rose to become the leader in that market as well. Brad also oversaw the company’s Flickr photo-sharing service and Yahoo! Groups.

Prior to Yahoo!, Brad was CEO of Dialpad Communications responsible for all aspects of the company’s operations, finance, sales and marketing. Earlier in his career he was also a General Partner at @Ventures, Category Manager of Media Development for @Home Network and Manager at SBC Communications.

Brad holds a BA in economics from the University of Kansas and an MBA from Harvard.

Recent Milestones


Company Date Round Size Participants
Vurb 2/2013Seed$1.5M13
Tomfoolery 1/2013Seed$1.7M8
ThisLife 6/2012Seed$2.75M6
Diffbot 5/2012Angel$2M9
Prism Skylabs 9/2011Seed$1.5M9
Bandcamp 12/2010Series A2
Pure Storage 8/2010Series B$20M2
First To File 12/2009Series A$1.92M1
Pure Storage 1/2009Series A$5M2
Bloomspot 1/2009Seed$2.05M5
TrustedID 1/2007Series A$5M2
TrustedID 10/2005Series A$10M2



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